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Plantagenet Chardonnay

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Plantagenet has garnered a reputation for being one of WA’s most consistent performers and winemaker John Durham has created a classic modern Chardonnay that you will find hard to resist. Roast a chook or cook a whole salmon to go with this wine as it naturally harmonises with big flavours. There’s a core of lemon and melon on the nose with hints of almonds and vanilla oak. The palate is complex and long with great flavour and taut, natural acids making for a lingering finish.

Winemaker's Notes

2013 saw a change in the winemaking for the Chardonnay with a new approach to handling the juice. All of the hand picked fruit was pressed on a Champagne cycle in a small press and run straight to barrel, only 20% of them new. This in effect meant we had high quality, low phenolic juice, with some solids in the fermentation and each barrel was it’s own unique wine. 

An elegant Chardonnay which presents soft white stone fruit characters of white peach and nectarine over a ripe citrus core. A touch of smokey, savoury oak combined a line of pure mineral acidity gives incredible freshness and length to the finish. This vintage in particular shows a capacity to age gracefully over time and will reward careful cellaring.


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Plantagenet Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; a lively and penetrating wine, with classic regional varietal expression to its grapefruit and white peach fruit, oak barely evident. Scores for its finesse.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2012
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Spotless, complete and well made, with a ripe perfume of peach, nectarine and citrusy fruit backed by nutty, green olive notes and moderately toasty, creamy vanilla oak. It's long and luscious, with ripe, generous flavours of peach, grapefruit, lemon and nectarine seamlessly knit with smoky, bacony complexity. It finishes long and soft, with a persistent core of fruit. Just lacks real wow factor.
Australian Wine Annual 2010
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
This chardie falls neatly into the leaner restrained modern style with its controlled and tody delivery. Grapefruit and mealy melon aromas are immensely appealing. The tightly would palate is both delicate and powerful, striking an impeccable balance. Lovely wine for short term cellaring.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A taut, focused and chalky young chardonnay with a pristine, floral fragrance of peachy fruit, creamy vanilla oak and melon. Beneath its juicy stonefruit, melon and its flavours and its supple, willowy presence on the palate lies a lemon sherbet-like texture of fine-ground phenolics, finishing with a steely austerity and reductive, savoury elements.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A finely weighted, balanced and tightly integrated chardonnay that marries its fresh citrusy and tropical fruit with restrained creamy, leesy complexity, dusty vanilla oak and refreshing acidity. It opens with a fresh and lightly toasty nose of quince, cumquat, grapefruit and pineapple, while its palate is long, supple and elegant, delivering juicy, slightly meaty and creamy fruit plus matchstick-like oak before a warm, savoury and wheatmeal-like finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; complex barrel ferment characters; citrus and stone fruit with excellent focus and length; crisp, elegant finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Elegant, savoury cellar style of chardonnay with a honeysuckle-like fragrance of ruby grapefruit, tinned tropical fruits and grilled nuts supported by light vanilla oak. Its fine, fluffy palate finishes long and tightly integrated, revealing a pristine core of intense fruit, plus creamy wheatmeal complexity.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

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